5. Oxford University Press Positively Rabid With Flippancy.
Life may be like a box of chocolates, but when you illustrate the adjective “rabid” with the term “feminist” in the Oxford Dictionary, you know exactly whatcha gonna get. This week, dictionary-prowling feminists showed the Oxford group just how rabid we can be after Canadian anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan discovered a bunch of stereotypically gendered example sentences provided to demonstrate the uses of words like “rabid,” “shrill,” “grating,” “nagging,” “housework,” and “nurse.” Many English speakers who rely on the Oxford Dictionary as a source of knowledge and higher learning are frustrated to see the trusted word-authority accepting lazy, offensive tropes--such as women’s voices being shrill, grating, and nagging; ‘women’s work’ limited to housework and nursing; women’s political interests inherently being rabid and extreme, even crazy--and have called upon the Oxford University Press (OUP) to up its feminist game by fixing their faults. At first, Oxford replied with “flippant” tweets (their words, TBH) which only led to more upset--and then finally a #basic apology. There should be a pic of the OUP next to the dictionary definition of “passive aggressive.”